Movie Questions

All of my books have been at various times optioned to become movies; some have moved further in the process than others, but only The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns have been made into movies. Paper Towns will be released in 2015 and The Fault in Our Stars was released in theaters on June 6, 2014 in the United States, and is now available on DVD. You can watch the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars below:

As for the other books:

Q. Looking for Alaska movie? I can haz? Nao plz?
A. The rights to the Looking for Alaska movie are owned by Paramount, which hired Josh Schwartz to write and direct the film. Josh wrote an excellent screenplay adaptation of the book, a screenplay which I desperately loved, but there was no enthusiasm for that kind of movie at Paramount, and so far as I know, there still isn’t. Paramount will probably still own the rights to LFA when my initial readers grow up and become famous film executives; hopefully then someone will make it, hopefully with Josh’s script, which I continue to love. Anyway, it could get made at any time, but I don’t know anything more than that.

Q. Katherines movie?
A. An Abundance of Katherines was optioned by a small production company that in the end couldn’t get a movie together; we’re now working with a different production company with the hopes of setting it up somewhere, but that’s a long way off.

Q. Paper Towns movie?
A. The rights to Paper Towns were optioned by Mandate Pictures (which made Juno), and I was hired to write the screenplay. I worked hard on the script for much of 2009, but in the end Mandate didn’t feel they had the kind of screenplay they could shoot. So it goes.

Q. Will Grayson, Will Grayson?
A. WGWG has not been optioned. (To quote a real live movie producer who really said this about Will Grayson, Will Grayson, “The only thing Hollywood hates more than smart teenagers is smart, gay teenagers.” I hope Hollywood will prove this movie producer wrong someday.)

Q. I would like to audition to be in the movie of your book?
A. Should Hollywood ever greenlight any of my other books, and should there be an open casting call, I will definitely let you know on the blog and in a video and on twitter and so on. But it should be noted that I have exactly as much say in casting as you do.

Q. How much did you change in the Paper Towns screenplay?
A. A lot. (For one thing, the ending was completely different.) I’ve always believed that a movie CAN’T be faithful to a book, because a book is something that happens in conversation between a writer and a reader, whereas a movie is mostly something you look at. So, like, trying to render the people and events of a novel on screen is impossible, I think, because you’ll only end up with some poor approximation of the magic of the book. So in the end I’d rather make a good movie than a faithful one, which is what I tried to do. I wanted the ideas of the book to be preserved, but mostly I just want the movie to be good.

Q. Where should I send a screenplay to get it produced?
A. If I had a reliable answer to that question, I’d have gotten my own screenplay produced. I’m sorry to say I have absolutely no idea how one goes about submitting screenplays.

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Scathach December 19, 2014 at 10:26 am

Dear Mr.Green,
I am still working on my novel right now
and i’m totally inspired by some of your
novels.But Mr.Green…i have a special question for you.The first is about what are the steps to publish a script to a publisher(would you mind to tell me about your publisher)The second is about The Fault in Our Stars : would you tell me how’s the process when they asked for your script to be adapted into a movie?The Publisher called you first or what?

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evi December 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

Dear mr.Green
I’m from Greece and just a month ago LFA was published here(in greek) i’m looking for the rest of your boooks translated but i can not find anything at all. Can you tell me please if you know something about that.. I really want to read the books(especially paper towns) but i’m afraid that in english i will not understand much…
Thanks a lot
Evi

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Mira January 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Hey, I’m Greek too and as far as I’ve seen the only translated books are TFiOS and Alaska. Having said that, I have all of John’s books in English. I find the language quite plain and I’ve given the books to many of my friends, many of whose English language skills are lower than mine (I have a proficiency) and they didn’t had much trouble. Generally Young Adult books don’t use complex language cause teens speak simply. Hope I helped!

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Hi December 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I have heard rumors of the Looking For Alaska movie. It seems like it is happening (I have heard Zac Efron is playing Chip/Coronel, Kaya Scodelario is playing Alaska, Logan Lerman is playing Miles/Pudge, and Candice Accola is playing Lara. Do you know when it is being made And if any of those rumors are true?

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Natalie January 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

That cast sounds very fan made in my opinion (the real giveaways are Kaya and Logan who are fancasted for anyone and everyone), from John’s released films, I’d say he prefers to pick less known people…but hey, you never know!

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Elizabeth Gold March 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm

No not Logan Lerman… :ZZZ

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Bethany Barnes December 31, 2014 at 4:20 am

Dear John Green,
While I was watching “The Fault in our Stars” (let me mind you that I have watched it multiple times), in the scene where Augustus, Hazel, and Hazel’s mother were waiting for their flight, there was a little girl who asked Hazel what’s in her nose. The little girl’s father looked similar , and I keep continuously thought to myself that it was you. I could be wrong, or I could be right…either way it’s driving me off the walls. I have tried to searched my answer, but it’s not too easy. If you wouldn’t mind and you please tell me if you have a snippet part in the movie?

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youmna January 13, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Yes, he was the one

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Bethany Barnes January 15, 2015 at 9:59 am

Thank you!:)

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Samantha Villafana January 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm

An Abundance Of Katherines Was Simply Amazing, And The Most Interesting And Fascinating Book I Have Ever Read! I Was Really Hoping To Find A Movie. I Recommend This Book For So Much Of My To Read!

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Samantha Villafana January 9, 2015 at 7:19 pm

My Friends To Read*

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Rachael January 11, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Dear Mr John Green,
Much like Hazel and Augustus’s curiosity of what happens to the hamster and the Dutch tulip man in an Imperial Affliction from the Fault in our stars, I also have a question that has been on my mind for much time since reading the book, so I wonder will you answer it? How long after Augustus Waters dies, does Hazel Grace die too?

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Mira January 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

I think he’s answered that before and he has sad Hazel dies a year later, but I’m not entirely sure if that’s correct

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Diane January 17, 2015 at 3:47 am

Dear Mr.Green,
My name is Diane, I’m 17 y.o. (I know, it doesn’t matter for you, but…)
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YOU!
It so important question and I don’t know where I can write you.
It’s about LFA book (my favorite book). This story has changed my life and we’re also so alike with Alaska Young.
And now I need to ask you for one thing. Only one. It’s matter of life and death. I literally could DIE if I won’t talk to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE answer me!
My e-mail – di.97@mail.ru (I check it every freaking day)
Hope you’ll help me.

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Quinn Scanlon January 28, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Hi! I went to The Fault in Our Stars tour in Cleveland, and I was wondering whether or not there will be one for the Paper Towns movie? Cleveland will try it’s hardest to participate again! So, when will it happen (if it is) and is Cleveland still eligible to participate? Btw you’re my favorite author!

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Kiki Townley January 30, 2015 at 8:31 am

https://www.facebook.com/kiki.townley

I am entranced with your novels, way of writing and story lines. When I read the fault in our stars, I envisioned it as a huge film, and same for the novel ‘Looking for Alaska’. I am an aspiring actress, 18, Born in Mauritius, raised in Australia, (can do american accent).

I would love to have the opportunity to audition but hope that I am not at a disadvantage by being in QLD Australia!

I am praying I get the opportunity to work with you, John green!

Kind Regards Kiki Townley.

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Gabriela Paparati January 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

Hi Green!

I’ve just finished to read Paper Towns and I need to say you I really love your way to write (except Will Graysson, Will Graysson came on!)
In Paper Towns, like Looking for Alaska and The Fault.. you gave us a pinch of mystery that made us want to read all the book in 2 or 3 days!! It’s unbelieveble!!! And I’m so thankful for your books and your good way to write and please, never stop to write.
Brazil loves you so much.
Kisses, Gabriela (or Hazel Grace, or Margo Roth, or Alaska Young).

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Samantha May 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

In Will Grayson, Will Grayson, another author wrote with Green so you cannot discredit Mr. Green, his soul is too good.

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Nattali February 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm

I heart that LFA will become a movie feauturing Alexandra Daddario. Please give me Anders!

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Diane February 4, 2015 at 12:21 am

Dear Mr.Green,
My name is Diane, I’m 17 y.o. (I know, it doesn’t matter for you, but…)
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YOU!
It so important question and I don’t know where I can write you.
It’s about LFA book (my favorite book). This story has changed my life and we’re also so alike with Alaska Young.
And now I need to ask you for one thing. Only one. It’s matter of life and death. I literally could DIE if I won’t talk to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE answer me!
My e-mail – di.97@mail.ru (I check it every freaking day)
Hope you’ll help me.

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Diane February 4, 2015 at 12:26 am

Dear Mr.Green,
My name is Diane, I’m 17 y.o. (I know, it doesn’t matter for you, but…)
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YOU!
It so important question and I don’t know where I can write you.
It’s about LFA book (my favorite book). This story has changed my life and we’re also so alike with Alaska Young.
And now I need to ask you for one thing. Only one. It’s matter of life and death. I literally could DIE if I won’t talk to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE answer me!
My e-mail – di.97@mail.ru (I check it every freaking day)
Hope you’ll help me.

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Diane February 4, 2015 at 12:27 am

I’m not a crazy one, but I need you to see my text…
Dear Mr.Green,
My name is Diane, I’m 17 y.o. (I know, it doesn’t matter for you, but…)
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YOU!
It so important question and I don’t know where I can write you.
It’s about LFA book (my favorite book). This story has changed my life and we’re also so alike with Alaska Young.
And now I need to ask you for one thing. Only one. It’s matter of life and death. I literally could DIE if I won’t talk to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE answer me!
My e-mail – di.97@mail.ru (I check it every freaking day)
Hope you’ll help me.

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Diane February 4, 2015 at 12:27 am

I’m so sorry for 10000000 messages, but I need to talk.
Dear Mr.Green,
My name is Diane, I’m 17 y.o. (I know, it doesn’t matter for you, but…)
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YOU!
It so important question and I don’t know where I can write you.
It’s about LFA book (my favorite book). This story has changed my life and we’re also so alike with Alaska Young.
And now I need to ask you for one thing. Only one. It’s matter of life and death. I literally could DIE if I won’t talk to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE answer me!
My e-mail – di.97@mail.ru (I check it every freaking day)
Hope you’ll help me.

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Diane February 4, 2015 at 12:29 am

JOHN IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT! I COULD DIE THE SAME WAY AS ALASKA YOUNG DIED!
My name is Diane, I’m 17 y.o. (I know, it doesn’t matter for you, but…)
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YOU!
It so important question and I don’t know where I can write you.
It’s about LFA book (my favorite book). This story has changed my life and we’re also so alike with Alaska Young.
And now I need to ask you for one thing. Only one. It’s matter of life and death. I literally could DIE if I won’t talk to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE answer me!
My e-mail – di.97@mail.ru (I check it every freaking day)
Hope you’ll help me.

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Diane February 4, 2015 at 12:30 am

JOHN IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT! I COULD DIE THE SAME WAY AS ALASKA YOUNG DIED! HELP ME PLEASE!
My name is Diane, I’m 17 y.o. (I know, it doesn’t matter for you, but…)
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YOU!
It so important question and I don’t know where I can write you.
It’s about LFA book (my favorite book). This story has changed my life and we’re also so alike with Alaska Young.
And now I need to ask you for one thing. Only one. It’s matter of life and death. I literally could DIE if I won’t talk to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE answer me!
My e-mail – di.97@mail.ru (I check it every freaking day)
Hope you’ll help me.

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Diane February 4, 2015 at 12:31 am

MR. GREEN PLEASE HELP ME! YOU CAN SAVE MY LIFE IF YOU’LL ANSWER ME!
My name is Diane, I’m 17 y.o. (I know, it doesn’t matter for you, but…)
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO YOU!
It so important question and I don’t know where I can write you.
It’s about LFA book (my favorite book). This story has changed my life and we’re also so alike with Alaska Young.
And now I need to ask you for one thing. Only one. It’s matter of life and death. I literally could DIE if I won’t talk to you as soon as possible.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE answer me!
My e-mail – di.97@mail.ru (I check it every freaking day)
Hope you’ll help me.

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Lilac March 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Hey sweetie, but you do know that John Green doesn’t read these comments right? He’s probably far to busy with work stuff and doesn’t have time for reading the comments.
Just telling ya so you don’t think he’s just ignoring you.
-Lilac

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Kim Joshua Rolan February 4, 2015 at 1:02 am

Mr. John Green I love your works but Looking For Alaska is the best for me although it’s very dramatic but it’s like my biography , I can see myself in the character of Pudge coz I met my friends when I transfer school and now they still making some crazy but funny things that I can’t make when there not around hahahaha it’s funny to think that I’m also have a crush on one of my friend I’m very thankful because I read your book :) but Ahmm mr. John Greencan ask you something?? did Alaska enjoy staying in her labyrinth of suffering ?coz its a big question to me why she did not commit suicide or do shitty things that can ruin her life?

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Teena February 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Hоla
Me ha gustado tu articulo. Algunos post no me gustaron tanto, en cualquier caso, lа
mayor

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alexandra mayfair February 18, 2015 at 10:30 pm

to dear mr john green,
im a 13 year old and i have read two of yoyur many books i would like to know did alaska really kill her self? how do you come up with your masterpices. i know im you to read LDA but serously it ha senspired me i live austraila and i hope to god that LFA will be a movie but i hope that 1 they get the right actor and they get the movie right any way if you have any suggestions please email me.
with great admire ation alexandra

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Kaya McCasland March 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Dear John Green,
Hi! My name is Kaya and I live in California. I have read TFIOS and LFA and I’ve loved them both! You are my favorite author! I only have one question for you, and I’m sure you have been asked this question a lot, but do you have an idea about what happened to Hazel after the end of TFIOS. I sound like Hazel asking Peter, I know, but this is truly the most thought out and clever book this generation has see so far! I would love to hear a reply from you!
Sincerely,
Kaya McCasland

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Phoebe Golden March 1, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Mr. Green,
I am FREAKING IN LOVE with your book, LOOKING FOR ALASKA… I am so similar to Alaska in being a rebel and being me and not giving a shit what anyone thinks about me … and thats what i love about Alaska is that shes courageous, brave, smart, cocky, and is overall confident. Yes, she was despressed…. but did Alaska really kill herself?

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Allison Gervy March 6, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Dear Mr.John Green,
I admire your work dearly. Your book, The Fault In Our Stars, has deeply touched my heart and you are one of the best authors in the world in my honest opinion. I have at least read The Fault In Our Stars about 3 times and have watched the movie more than I can count. You are so great and I hope that other people can see it too.

Yours with GREAT ADMIRATION,
Allison Gervy

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Kenya Casidy March 16, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Mr. Green
I loved the book TFIOS… nevertheless my favorite is Paper towns… I can’t wait for the movie… I just love your clever way to write… Kenya <3

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Meagan May 23, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Goodness me too hauahauah

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Hamdan April 25, 2015 at 3:32 am

Dear Mr. Green, every one has a dream and mine is quite complicated. I wanted to be actor so badly , but the crisis that I am facing right now personally is stopping me from believing that I could be one. I am not seeking for attention , I just hope that you can put me a roll in Looking For Alaska so that I can finally be myself for once, in that movie and obviously I dont have to hide anymore. Please Mr. Green. ” They say, finding true love is like finding your self, when you find your self, you find your true love.” Thankyou.

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Samantha May 10, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Dear John,
Haha, that’s from Taylor’s Swift’s song. But anyway, I’m one of your biggest fans and I’ve read The Fault in our Stars, Looking for Alaska (amazing, by the way), Paper Towns, and I’m working on An Abundance Of Katherines. I love writing and I am very inspire by your literature. I love how you finish a paragraph at the end of most of your pages, I never have to leave an awkward bookmark. I mostly write poetry and that’s why I like your books, your writing is so poetic. How did you start writing and what tips do you have for me, a developing writer? Thank you so much, and I can’t wait to read any more of your books!

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Alisha L May 19, 2015 at 5:21 pm

forever waiting for open castings :((( Alaska will forever be goals

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falon scott May 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm

I’m extremely impressed with your books they are so wonderful. Im currently reading paper towns. I am very inspired and I’m writing a song inspired by the book. I’m also an aspiring actress and I would love to star in one of the movies based off of your books one day… Its my life goal.

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Noa Anais Turner June 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Dear Mr John Green,
The possibility of you reading this comment is close to zero. But alas we all try in hopes that we will someday have that little contact though virtual with a intellectual mind like yours. You see, although you most likely already have this knowledge, you and your indescribable novels have given me many hours of happiness, pulling me out of darkness sometimes. I would like to know if you are working on anything new albeit you wouldn’t tell me, nor would I want to know, it would ruin the magic of your creations. Frankly, I would read your grocery lists.
-Noa :)

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Jazz July 10, 2015 at 6:40 am

how old would you have to watch the movie i’m really eager to watch the movie????

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Marina July 23, 2015 at 2:56 am

Mr Green, The way you write is amazing, you permit me to see life in another and beautiful way, I really want to meet you, and know more about your life, I’m a literacture student and a lover of romances.

Thank you for everything!
Waiting your answer soon

Marina

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